Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Week 24

Week 24

A comparison from week 14. This was just before I popped at week 15. I was still in regular pants at week 14 too. I was obviously more awake when taking pictures at week 14!

Week 14 & 24

The bump: Frijole is definitely hanging out on the left side. I'm often jutting out just left of my belly button.

How far along: 24 Weeks - how on earth did I get here? Baby boy will be here in just 4 months.

How big is baby: From Everyday Family - The size of an ear of corn (or a cantaloupe from The Bump) Measuring around 12 inches long and weighing a little over 1 pound. In the coming weeks, your baby will continue to grow and mature at a fast rate, gaining about 6 ounces of weight a week. His brain is growing rapidly, and his taste buds are developing.
He is pretty lean at 24 weeks, but he'll soon be putting on some "baby fat" to fill out his frame and his wrinkled skin, which is due to the lack of subcutaneous fat. He has begun to develop white blood cells. These cells are responsible for fighting off disease and infection. His lungs develop branches this week, and his inner ear is completely developed. In fact, he has basic control over all of his senses: hearing, touch, taste, smell, and vision!

Weight gain/loss: I'm up 3.4 pounds this week for a total of 14 pounds gained.

Stretch marks: Just the one. I posted to Instagram that I should name it. Maybe that'll make it feel the need to not bring any friends to the party (at least just yet). I'm thinking Sal.

Sleep: Pretty good for now.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: The sweets cravings have subsided (some).

Movement: Lots going on. I swear sometimes he's trying to kick his way out of there which isn't the best feeling. He flipped back over after a very short stint head down, but he did try to kick my iPad off my belly last night. John was finally able to feel him kick, but said it really just felt like I had gas.

Symptoms: Still just the cankles. My hands have gotten a little puffy. I wasn't able to get a ring on this weekend, but I also think it had something to do with the heat and humidity in Houston.

Best moment of the week: This picture from my brothers wedding.


How I'm feeling: Still really good. Aside from puffiness I've been ok.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Week 23

Week 23

The bump: Another pop this week. I think my belly is finally starting to move ahead of all my other parts. I even got my first, "you look like you're ready to go any minute now" comment yesterday. Really?

How far along: 23 Weeks - how is that possible?

How big is baby: From The Bump - The size of a grapefruit. At about 10.5 to 11.8 inches and about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces, baby's not just getting bigger, he's getting even cuter. He's forming little nipples (yeah, really!). His face is fully formed now -- he just needs a little extra fat to fill it out. He's listening to your voice and your heartbeat -- and even to loud sounds like cars honking and dogs barking.

Weight gain/loss: I'm up .4 pounds this week so 10.4 pounds overall.

Stretch marks: I officially have one. Boo. Hoping it's a long way off before any of its friends show up.

Sleep: I sleep like a rock when I can. Despite how much I get a night - usually around 8-9 hours I still feel exhausted every day.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Still all the things. I can tell my sweets cravings are starting to die down which is probably a good thing. The other night though it was Indian food. OMG it was so good.

Movement: Tons of little kicks and they're definitely stronger. John still hasn't felt him kick. If you press down where he's kicking he stops moving. It may be a bit still before John finally feels him.
What I'm loving:

Symptoms: The cankles. They're so bad. It doesn't matter if I sit or stand or how much water I drink they're there. I've also been experiencing what feels like period related cramping/back pain. If I sit for too long and get up to quickly I swear I've pulled every single muscle in my stomach.

What I'm looking forward to: My appointment this week. I'm going to ask for the picture of the "goods" so I finally have my visual confirmation that this is indeed a boy we're having. We've also got my brother's wedding this weekend.

Best moment of the week: Eating all the things at Oyster Bake. Although John managed to out eat me somehow.

How I'm feeling: I'd feel good if I didn't feel so tired. Every time I think that I've learned my limits that limit changes. I had to run 3 errands over the weekend. I probably sat in the parking lot of Costco for about 30 minutes before finally going inside I was so tired.

Random things I didn't know/Problems/Questions: Not really a problem or question, but I did have a mini freakout yesterday when I realized how far along I am. I've only got 17 weeks left, which next week means 16 and OMG that's only 4 months! Where oh where did the time go?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Week 22

Week 22

How far along: 22 Weeks

How big is baby: From the bump - your baby's the size of a papaya! During month five, the average fetus measures about 10.5 to 11.8 inches and weighs about 12.7 to 20.8 ounces. Now that he's got more developed eyes and lips, he's looking even more like a newborn. He's sleeping in cycles -- about 12 to 14 hours per day (hint: they're probably those times you're not feeling any kicks!).

Weight gain/loss: Up 2 pounds for a total of 10 pounds.

Stretch marks: I have what I think is a tiny one that I'm eye balling.

Sleep: Going good so far. I've slept through my alarm many times in the past week!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I definitely have my appetite back. Not that it ever truly went away, but man, I can pack away some food if I really want to.

Movement: Tons of little kicks. Whenever I try to get John to feel them Frijole stops. Go figure.

Symptoms: Just all the fun general pregnancy stuff. Cankles are back in full force.

How I'm feeling: Overall pretty good. still trying to learn to take things easy. John and I did a ton of work around the house this weekend and he cracked up because every time he saw me I was taking a break, but he could tell that I had done a ton of stuff. I think he thought I had a team of elves helping me or something. THAT would be awesome though.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Gender Reveal in Pictures

Frijole is officially a boy (although I still want the visual confirmation at my next appointment). Our original plans for a gender reveal got screwed up. Easter weekend tends to get me in one way or another. Either by it being the same weekend as my birthday or the weekend after my BIG ultrasound appointment thus leading to the bakery that I wanted to use for the cupcakes not taking any special orders. Ugh. Of course I found this out at almost the 25th hour and despite some of the bakery employees thinking my idea was adorable, it did not sway them in any way to help a pregnant sister out.

So on to plan B! I decided to make cupcakes and luckily found the mini egg cartons I wanted to use (and the WHOLE REASON I chose this particular bakery) at World Market. I knew of a giant field of bluebonnets at McAllister Park and since this kid will be a certified Texan, he should begin with his official pictures in a field of bluebonnets. It's a travesty for any Texas born child to NOT have 80 million pictures of them in a field of bluebonnets. It's how we know you're a card carrying Texan after all.

Gender Reveal

Since we moved our location to a field that was nearby we decided to text all of our friends and family to come out and join us since everyone was just as anxious to find out if Frijole was a he or she.

Gender Reveal

Excuse John's squinty eyes. I was mean and horrible and made him take his sunglasses off for our pictures.

Gender Reveal

My mom was the secret keeper for a whole 2 days following my appointment.

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal

It's a boy!

Gender Reveal

Yes, I know my blue cupcakes look green. I swear the sun bleached these out because the ones I had at home were more blue. Plus 25th hour folks! I didn't have time to buy/find the non-liquid blue food coloring. Also, the dog kept getting onto the counter and eating cupcakes.


Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal

Thanks again everyone for coming out and joining us in the fun! Thank you again Kandis for being there to capture the moment.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Birthday Wrap Up

I always joked about how horrible it would be to be pregnant on my birthday. Or during the holidays. To not savor a fabulous glass of wine? To not cheers with a cocktail in hand (yes, I realize I sound like a boozer. I promise I'm not) I was pregnant for both and it actually wasn't as bad as I imagined. I survived both! In going through my pictures I realized the common theme this year was food. Oh my did I have a ton of great food to ring in my 31st year.

I was in Dallas for Blissdom on my actual birthday. At midnight I was serenaded by a great group of ladies as we wrapped up the night. The next morning my roommate Sarah had left me this sweet note:


I then met up with my Dallas friends for brunch.


Just one of the plates I had.


Then I got to spend some quality time with Virginia. We shopped and I totally splurged at H&M.


We also got pampered.


We then met John for dinner. It just happened that he was also in Dallas for a work training. Dinner was amazing!



Virginia got me these cupcakes and I may or may not have eaten 1 or 2 on the drive home...


When I arrived home this gift was on my counter from my mother in law. Not actually made of real food (it was resin and therefore more creepy), but still food related.


Of course when I got back to work we had to go for lunch. This was quite phallic.


Tres Leches even if my version is better.


That had kind of wrapped up the birthday celebrations. The next weekend was Easter and most people were out of town. Plus we had a whole gender reveal going on.

This past Saturday though a group of us were making dinner plans that turned into an impromptu birthday dinner for me. We ended up at Maggianos since it had an 8 o'clock reservation for 6 people on a Saturday night. Our server talked us into the Family Style menu which basically meant that we got an unlimited supply of food that we could also still box up and take home. DEAL.

We deemed the night, Eating for Two. (Excuse the bad phone pics)


Thank you all for celebrating my birthday with me and Frijole this year!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Week 21

Week 21

The bump: Another little pop this week. I also feel like I can tell which position he's in because I can tell I'm sticking out at one point or my belly is a little lopsided.

How far along: 21 Weeks

How big is baby: From The Bump - The size of a pomegranate. At 10.5 inches and about 12.7 ounces, he's big enough now that you've probably been feeling his movements. As his digestive system preps for the outside world, he's manufacturing meconium -- the tarry black substance you'll find in his first dirty diaper (ew)!

Weight gain/loss: The cupcakes caught up to me this week. I'm up 3.2 pounds this week for a total of 8 pounds gained.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Belly button: Still a cavernous hole. My old piercing scar is starting to stretch out and I think I'm starting to get a linea negra.

Sleep: Ok-ish. I had been good about not drinking water too close to bed, but haven't been good about that lately. Had a rough night on Sunday/Monday. I was up at 4:30 and could not go back to sleep.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Still on a sweets kick.

Movement: Lots going on now. It's gone from little pops to more muscle twitches. I can feel them getting stronger, but John can't feel anything yet.

What I'm loving: Feeling stronger movements. Being past the halfway mark.

Symptoms: Still have some round ligament pain. I also get nosebleeds.

Best moment of the week: My impromptu "eating for two" final birthday dinner. I'm still full from it.

How I'm feeling: I've been feeling pretty good lately. I can tell my energy levels are up. Pretty much as long as I'm well rested and fed I'm ok.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Quotable Moments

Last night at dinner:
John: You're 20 weeks now so this is what? The most sober you've been since high school?

This morning getting blood work done:
Employee: I'm going to assume that because you're drinking coffee in front of me you're not fasting.
Me: Dude. I'm pregnant. I'm pretty much eating from the moment I wake up.

Employee to phlebotomist: Watch out for her. She was mean to me.
Me to phlebotomist: Not true. I know better than to be mean to the people that are about to shove needles onto my arm.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Week 20

Week 20

How far along: "Whoooah! We're halfway there!" Sorry. It's been in my head every time I say 20 Weeks!

How big is baby: From the Bump - The size of a banana. Baby weighs about 10.2 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches. He's still got a lot of growing to do though. Can you believe you're halfway done? He's got working taste buds. He's gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day -- that's significantly more than before.

Weight gain/loss: Down .6 pounds this week from previous weeks. My total gained is at 4.8 pounds. I ate a surprising amount of cupcakes this week too so I'm not sure how I lost anything.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleep: When I was thinking of writing this post all I could think of was sleep. It's been so great! I sleep like a rock! I don't even get up to pee! It's fabulous despite the 7 am wake up. I wasn't going to write about it because I didn't want to jinx myself. Then last night sucked. I think John didn't sleep well because I know every time I woke up he was tossing and turning. I'm blaming him and hoping it was a fluke.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Nothing crazy going on. Food. I can pretty much always eat. Lunch remains my biggest meal.

Movement: Lots of little twitches. It feel like a muscle twitch or when your eye twitches.

Symptoms: Cankles.

What I'm looking forward to: The halfway point! Woo hoo! It's here!

Best moment of the week: So many this week. Getting to hang with my mom. I don't spend enough time with her and it was fun to just shop and hang out. Plus she was a HUGE help in the craft area for the gender reveal. Getting to watch the DVD of Frijole with John on Google+. Finding out Frijole is a BOY. Although I'm only half believing it until my appointment next month when I can see the picture of the "goods."

Appointment recap - My appointment last week went great. Frijole looked fantastic and it was really cool to see everything during the sono. He's measuring a day ahead and weighed in at 11 ounces. He also has a longer second toe than his big toe which John and I both have. Who knows whose feet he'll actually have when he's born though! I've got long and skinny and John has hobbit feet.

How I'm feeling: Great! Hoping it continues to go well.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Bad Dog



First dog
Still angry about the additions to the dog family
Scared of thunder
Sweet tooth
Eats her emotions to make herself feel better about the upcoming human addition to the family
Attempted foiler of gender reveals
Cupcake eating grin on her face

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